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22 Inspiring Quotes From the Larry Nassar Trial That Give Us Hope

May each survivor's declarations bring awareness to the evils of our society that will no longer be tolerated. 

22 Quotes from the Larry Nassar Trial That Give Us Hope JEFF KOWALSKY/Getty 

Each breath a whirlwind of justice, their voices a beacon of righteousness, and their words an anthem of fortitude. No longer will the truth be allowed to fall on deaf ears. These are the individuals setting a new standard for women’s rights, and they aren’t leaving any room for error.

More than 150 women have come forward accusing former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, and after years of being ignored by authority figures at USAG, Michigan State University (MSU), the United States Olympic Committee, and the Twistars Gymnastics training center, these survivors are finally being heard. Thanks to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, each victim (as well as the victim's parents and support systems) was allocated time to stand in front of Nassar in court and tell their truth. Through this opportunity, survivors were not only granted the chance to confront their abuser one last time, but they were given an empowering public platform to promote alliance, awareness, and change. These are the testimonies that will go down in history: 

"If we are to believe in change, we must first understand the problem and everything that contributed to it. Now is not the time for false reassurances. We need an independent investigation of exactly what happened, what went wrong and how it can be avoided for the future." —Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnast

“You were never the problem, but you are so much the solution.” —Judge Rosemarie Aquilina 

“Life's handed me lemons, and you'd best believe that I am well prepared to make lemonade.” — Hannah Morrow, gymnast

“I'm an adult. I'm listening. I’m sorry it took this long, but I assure you that all of the words that you and your sister-survivors have said and will say are being considered for sentencing.” —Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

“Come hell or high water we’ll take every last one of you down that could have stopped this monster.” —Amy Labadie, Michigan State student and gymnast

“Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that destroy your world.” —Kyle Stephens, daughter of Nassar's family friend

“The army you chose in the late '90s to silence me, to dismiss me and my attempt at speaking the truth, will not prevail over the army you created when violating us.” —Tiffany Thomas Lopez, MSU softball player

“The military has not yet come up with fiber as strong as you…. Mattel ought to make toys so that little girls can look at you and say, ‘I want to be her.’ Thank you so much for being here, and for your strength.” —Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Scott Olson/Getty

“Larry, I hope you … and all others realize you've pissed off the wrong army of women.” —Lindsey Lemke, Michigan State student and gymnast.

“We need to call out the deeper issue at hand. We live in a society where action is not taken when it's most needed.” —Melody Posthuma-Vanderveen, former patient

“Even though I am a victim, I won't live my life as one. I am an Olympian.” —Jordyn Wieber, Olympic gymnast

“The road to healing looks steep from where I am standing now, but I am a warrior.” —Jennifer Rood-Bedford, MSU student and volleyball player

“We are now a force and you are nothing.” —Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnast

“Only the defendant [Nassar] would be better off if you were not here. Please stay with us. Stay with your family. Your children need you.” —Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

“To all my sisters, we need to stand, fight back and not rest until this mess is up mopped up; each and every crumb.” —Valerie Webb, gymnast

“I will not stop speaking until I am heard, until we are heard, until things are changed.” — Amanda Smith, gymnast

“This is not my shame anymore. It's yours.” —Helena Weick, gymnast

“We know that a single candle can light a dark room. Imagine what all these flames can do. We will not live in darkness. We will burn brightly. To all the abusers and predators and harassers and enablers, we will burn your pedestals and hiding places to the ground. All your darkest secrets will be brought to light. We are strong and will not let you snuff out our light. We will burn brightly and not with hate but with hope.” —Christina Barba, gymnast and martial arts athlete

“You made a critical mistake. You underestimated the mind, power, and will of your victims, these accomplished athletes.” — Kaylee Lorincz, gymnast

“All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve: A life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors.” —Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnast

“Push away those nightmares. He’s gone. Your words replace what he’s done to you.” —Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

"My dream is that one day everyone will know what the words #MeToo signify. But they will be educated and able to protect themselves from predators like Larry so that they will never ever, ever have to say the words, 'me, too.'”—Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnast